Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blogger Template: Pink Medieval

My inspiration for this layout is basically my love for medieval and pink. I wanted to go for a princess theme but with a medieval spin on it cos I think it's classier and more magical compared to the pink princess thing which has been done to death. We're all mini hipsters deep down inside; always trying to stand out. :P Everything is designed, drawn, photoshopped, edited by me unless otherwise specified.

Header took me a day to complete, I designed a coat of arms consisting of a phoenix, a tiara, flowers and an intricate design which all symbolize something to me, and then drew it in Adobe Photoshop, used a couple of brushes for the border and PSed a stock image I got from Deviantart into the background and viola!

The icons are so cute, aren't they? I wanted to make them into scrolls, but it didn't work with the color and stuff so more medieval brushes to the rescue! The divider was the simplest, I think it only took me like 5 minutes to make them.

Footer is an old fashioned key - see this is the kind of key I wanted to get for my 21st birthday. But you know what? FML. I never got a key from anyone. I chose the words 'the end' because of their association with fairytales.

I feel obliged to clarify that I am not a web designer, my HTML skills are so basic it can make grown men cry. I am not to be held responsible if you f up your template. 

Left: Before / Right: After
I've included the names of the various parts of the blog for those who don't know. :)

Header, tab, sidebar, pager, footer: 

The grey areas were virtually impossible to get rid of, I have tried everything I could think of in Template Designer - changed it to all sorts of colors, set to transparent etc - but it still had a grey undertone. This only happens to the template Awesome Inc. But then I found...
http://www.blogblog.com/1kt/awesomeinc/tabs_gradient_artsy.png
... hiding in the codes! This little sneaky thing is the reason for the grey undertone! It's responsible for the white transparent background behind your header image, and pretty much everything else that's ugly.

To get rid of the ugliness, press CTRL + F and type in "gradient", there should be 25. I left 7 alone. It's mostly trial and error, but what I took out looked like these:
<Variable name="tabs.background.gradient" description="Tabs Background Gradient" type="url" default="none" value="url(http://www.blogblog.com/1kt/awesomeinc/tabs_gradient_artsy.png)"/> 
<Variable name="header.background.gradient" description="Header Background Gradient" type="url" default="none"  value="url(http://www.blogblog.com/1kt/awesomeinc/header_gradient_artsy.png)"/> 
<Variable name="footer.background.gradient" description="Background Gradient" type="url" default="none"  value="$(header.background.gradient)"/>
For each one you delete, you must also search for the words in red and delete them!

For example: 
After deleting the second code quoted above, I searched for header.background.gradient, this was what came up:
/* Header
----------------------------------------------- */
.header-outer {
  margin: $(header.margin.top) 0 $(header.margin.bottom) 0;
  background: $(header.background.color) $(header.background.gradient) repeat scroll 0 0;
}
I deleted $(header.background.gradient).

Get it? If not then lord have mercy on your soul cos I also don't know how to teach you liao.

But if you get it, congrats. You'll realize that your sidebars may look different from mine cos I tweaked it a lil more to my preference. If you want sidebars that look like mine, read on...

First, you'll want to replace this:
   <Group description="Gadget Background" selector=".sidebar .widget">
     <Variable name="widget.background.color" description="Background Color" type="color" default="#ffffff" value="transparent"/>
     <Variable name="widget.border.color" description="Border Color" type="color" default="#222222" value="transparent"/>
     <Variable name="widget.border.bevel.color" description="Bevel Color" type="color" default="#000000" value="transparent"/>
   </Group>
With this:
   <Group description="Gadget Background" selector=".sidebar .widget">
     <Variable name="widget.background.color" description="Background Color" type="color" default="$(widget.background.color)" value="transparent"/>
     <Variable name="widget.border.color" description="Border Color" type="color" default="$(widget.background.color)" value="#f5d4d9"/>
     <Variable name="widget.border.bevel.color" description="Bevel Color" type="color" default="$(widget.background.color)" value="transparent"/>
   </Group>
What this does is automatically transform your gadget/widget's background, border and bevel to one solid color.

Clarification time: Gadget/widget is the individual elements you have added to your blog. Sidebar is the background of your widgets.

 So, after you replace the code above, just below it, there's a line that looks like:
   <Group description="Sidebar Background" selector=".column-left-inner .column-right-inner">
     <Variable name="widget.outer.background.color" description="Background Color" type="color" default="transparent"  value="transparent"/>
   </Group>
Cos I want my gadgets and sidebar to look seamless, I replaced the code I highlighted in red with $(widget.background.color) and #ffffff respectively. #ffffff is the code for white, and since my sidebars are supposed to be white, I decided that there shouldn't be much harm reinforcing that. HEH.

Sidebar Divider:

This is simple. Go to Design -> Template Designer -> Add CSS -> Copy & Paste this code:
.sidebar.section .widget{
border-width: 0px 0px 16px 0px;
border-image: url("YOUR IMAGE URL HERE") 1000 0 repeat;
}
You can change the numbers around until you're satisfied with how it looks.

Date Background:

Originally, there's no date background, so if you want to be able to edit the date background follow these steps.

Look for:
<Group description="Date Header" selector=".main-inner .widget h2.date-header, .main-inner.widget h2.date-header span">
Add this:
<Variable name="date.background.color" description="Background Color" type="color" default="$(date.background.color)"  value="#000000"/>
I said ADD, not REPLACE, so keep that in mind. The color picker would show up in the Blogger Template Designer under Date Header.

I am such a little genius sometimes. If you run into any problems at all, leave a comment so that we can work it out and others can learn from it!

Good luck.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hunger Games Hype

Ok so while the rest of the world has (presumably) watched the movie, I have been invited to play the beta version of Hunger Games on FB.

Its graphic although not the best - who am I kidding? it's pretty damn freaky but - has started to grow on me and the gameplay is considerably okish. It hasn't gotten boring and redundant yet like most FB games. But I'm sure it's not long until it becomes so. There is only so much one can do until it becomes repetitive.

Anyway, a sneak peek for y'all:


I know it isn't much but I got to hear Rue's lullaby. Which in my opinion, is ghastly. I'm assuming they are trying to portray Katniss' dad singing, but really? I've always pictured (in my mind's ear) something a little more morbid, dark and longing. EDIT: OK FML. I thought it was the Hanging Tree song but duhh it's the lullaby. But I thought the lullaby should be sung by a woman not a man! HMP. And it should've sounded softer with lighter music... Like windchimes.

I guess I just have a case of sour grapes cos I haven't gotten to watch it yet while tons of other people who have never read the books or heard of Hunger Games until recently, have! But I'm not complaining, the more hyped up it is, the better it should be (aside from Twilight - it's utter crap, its only redeeming quality being *gasp* dare I say it? TAYLOR LAUTNER) I mean look at Lord of the Rings, it was amazing! So fingers crossed until I get to watch it.

Don't even try to spoil it for me, cos...


EVERYONE DIES IN THE END. I'm kidding, but yea... Pic above was inspired by Xiaxue - I think I even used the same stock image as her. IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. On a completely unrelated note: I really can't wait for my mom to pass me my camera. iPhone's shit cam is great at hiding flaws and all but its quality is really getting to me.

FML.

Did two separate xiasoi things today. Xiasoi means embarrassing for those who don't know Hokkien (Chinese dialect).

First one, I went to class early and sat in the middle so naturally by the time class started, both ends were filled. Some really complicated looking graphs popped up on the screen and I remember going WOA, that's advanced and OMG am I in the wrong class? I quickly checked my schedule and discovered - to my horror - that my class isn't for another two hours! I contemplated whether I should stay and pretend to slide out later like a cool kid cutting class, but I was so hungry I decided to leave just then. I had to pass three students on my way out (serves me right for picking a seat in the middle) and one of them said something in a language I'm not familiar with so I assumed he knew I was in the wrong class and so I lost it. I ran all the way out and didn't stop till I was out of campus. D:

After leaving campus, I went to a place nearby to buy food. It came up to 2.50 and I paid with a 20 dollar bill. He gave me a 15 dollar bill and 2 coins in return - he gave me a huge 50 cent coin and a 2 dollar coin which I mistook for a 1 dollar coin so I told him he gave me the wrong change. He insisted that he gave me the correct change and I fumbled for the coin he gave me to show him and again to my horror, there's a 2 printed on it. Needless to say, I left the shop in a hurry after muttering "sorry, I'm new!" to which he smiled kindly and said it's no problem.

I guess on the bright side, I'm sure I made someone smile for doing either one of those things.

But really, why is 50 cents larger than 1 dollar, and 2 dollar the size of a 5 cent coin? Aussies clearly have a wicked sense of humor.

Australian Guy A: Hey I know! You know how coins usually get smaller with their value? Let's do it the other way around!
Australian Guy B: Yea mate that would be highlarious! Tourists' be fumbling for change all day long and pissing themselves in confusion!
Australian Guy A: Oh and have you heard about the drop bears?
Australian Guy B: What drop bears?
Australian Guy A: The animals created by our imagination that preys on tourists!!
Together: MUAHAHAHA.

Oh yes, I know everything there is to know about drop bears... An Aussie tried to pull one on me once and got a whole room of strangers convincing me that drop bears exist. "They spit venom and prey on tourists" - riiiight. But it's all in good fun. I guess it is pretty funny to watch a tourists' eyes go big and freak out about a fictitious creature.

On another note, I had a little fit yesterday and cut my hair myself.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: Love More

I have been lusting after these facial masks ever since Wendy aka Xiaxue blogged about them here, here and here. But I never even attempted to buy them because I've long since accepted the face that Malaysia is really slow to get things which are new on the market unlike Singapore even though we are neighbors! When she blogged about Essential, I bought the whole damn set when I visited Singapore! Ironically, that's when I saw Wendy for the first time at Ikea but she was with her friend Shuyin so I didn't want to bother her and at that time I've just snipped off my golden locks so I felt super ugly. OK. I digressed. Sorry, back to Love More.

Purple Crystal & Peptide
Whitening Duo Lifting Mask
 
It's the one in the latest advertorial! My sister in law gave them to me! She's always giving me stuff! Hahaha sigh it makes me feel so blessed and so spoilt at the same time! I never got around to trying them cos I was saving them for Melbourne lol. Who knows what kind of products they didn't have here, right!? I mean, although they are stated to be a multicultural country... They don't exactly have much Asian products - and on top of that everything is just murderously expensive. Even the Australians think so. I DIGRESSED AGAIN!

The first thing I want to say about these facial masks is that... They fit like shit. I am extremely anal when it comes to how a mask fits on your face because I think that makes or break a mask. Every mask can claim to do this and do that for your skin, but if I were to choose between one that fits well but only has so-so results, and one that fits horribly but has amazing results... I would probably choose the latter and squeeze the essence out into a mask that fits well LOL. Seriously, if it's uncomfortable and doesn't fit well, how the hell is the awesome essence going to be absorbed by your skin, right? Look.


The tip of my nose and chin is exposed! This is a whitening mask! What if the rest of my face gets gradually lighter than the tip of my nose & chin?! CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE!? It's also kinda small for my big face, so I had to stretch it, resulting in lots of air pockets! :( And, as a result of how small the mask is, the ear hooks were very uncomfortable because they kept forcing my ears forward... I disliked it a lot. I would never recommend anyone to buy such ill-fitting masks, no matter how good they are. I would never purchase them either and I would try to stop anyone who does because not only does it fit poorly - it hurts your ears!

Pros:
Enough essence for two masks! :D
The ear hooks are innovative.

Cons:
Ill-fitting design!
The ear hooks are not designed well.

Conclusion:
Overall, I was really disappointed in it, but I would love to try the Aqua Mask because they look like they'd fit extremely well. That's it.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

bla x 3

One of the hardest things about leaving home was knowing that I was saying goodbye to delicious food. I can't cook even if my life depended on it. I've failed to the point where I decided to just give up. I'll find a husband who can cook for me, hire a maid, hope that mom outlives me etc. LOL. Studying abroad was so fanatical that I never thought of the less appealing side: cooking, washing, cleaning, bills, blah.

So I tried making steamed eggs today.

EPIC FAIL.
The eggs just refused to be cooked! I filled a pan with water, waited till it's boiling and put a small bowl on top of a metal stand and left it there for about an hour. When I went to check on it, it was still watery. WHAI! Oh, I replaced minced pork with minced beef because according to lots of people, pork in Melb smells like shit.

That's it. Going to call daddy now. Goodnight.

Edit// I told dad about my failed attempt at steaming eggs and he started laughing at me so hard when I told him how I tried to steam them. Apparently, steamed eggs are cooked by steam. It was so obvious I totally missed it ahahaha. You have to cover the pan/wok/pot filled with water and not the one filled with eggs. HAH. Ok, so take it from me? I'm pretty sure there must be someone out there with cooking capabilities akin to mine. Good luck to you. :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nuffnang Giveaway: StreetDance 2 (3D)


BIGGER. BETTER. BOLDER. BACK!
To beat the world's best dance crew, streetdancer Ash (Falk Hentshel), with new friend Eddie (George Sampson), set off to gather the greatest streetdancers from around Europe, falling in love with beautiful salsa dancer Eva (Sofia Boutella) in Paris. 
With landmark locations, the most spectacular dance fusion of Latin and Street ever seen, the sequel to global smash hit StreetDance is bigger, better, bolder and back... in 3D!

Guess when's the Australian theatrical release date? IT'S ON MY BIRTHDAY! April 19th (2012)! So don't forget to catch StreetDance 2 (3D) at your nearest Hoyts... Personally, I prefer Melbourne Central cos it's just a few train stops away and there's no chance of getting lost lol. Anyway, don't forget to check out Hoyt's Xtremescreen, Director's Suite and the Bean Bag Cinema! The cinemas here are so exciting... I used to think that cinemas only have rooms with big screens and rows and rows of seats... I can't wait to see what Hoyts has to offer.

After seeing Our Idiot Brother, I'm starting to suspect that I'd be blown away by the 3D movies here in Melb! Thanks to Nuffnang & Hoyts cinemas for hosting an exclusive screening for Nuffnangers!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Event & Movie Review: My Idiot Brother

Today's the day of the screening of My Idiot Brother by Nuffnang. :D


First we had an early dinner at Cacao Green (yea, we had ice cream for dinner) with some fries & chicken from Schnitz (which was really good! i'm beginning to think all food in melb is out to make people fat). I had the Pomegranate while Adam chose the original flavor - yogurt. I think that original tastes better of the two, but I love yogurt sooo...






After that we took the train down to South Yarra and asked the staff how to get to The Jam Factory. They pointed to a tram stop in front of us and told us to get off at the next stop... But of couse, we missed it and had to catch another tram going back to the direction we came from. - - A kind lady told us how to get to The Jam Factory after overhearing me ask the tram driver. People here are just so damn nice!

We reached The Jam Factory at a little more than 6 which is surprisingly early as I planned waaaay ahead of time cos I knew we would have trouble finding it cos even equipped with google map and the latest tech, I am capable of getting lost.




Anyway, I thought that Gold Class was just a name. I didn't know that we were actually getting gold class tickets!



The staff are generally friendly, but there's this one in particular (I didn't get her name! D:<) who was especially fun! She suggested I take a photo with the hugeass bottle.


I got an idea, but the bottle was too heavy so...



At 7, we were all seated in the hall. We got to go in first cos, I guess we were closest to the hall? Anyway, we picked our fave spot: the middle. It's our favorite spot cos you aren't at an angle, you're not too far and not too near from the screen... What's your fave spot at the cinema?



A few people started to adjust the ginormous sofas into sofabeds so I started fiddling with it. Oh god, it felt so good to curl up and watch a movie on the big screen with complimentary beer & salty (fave!!) popcorn!

AND THE MOVIE STARTED.

It was unbelievable. I have never seen such a big screen in HD! There was no noise I could see. Just thinking about it makes me feel like I've been cheated all my life by Kuching cinemas!

Ok on to the review.

Source: Google Images
The trailer looked so promising. I just, I don't know, expected something like Due Date which I enjoyed immensely, even Get Him To The Greek had character development, and a solid plot! In Our Idiot Brother, I just felt like I was being told a chapter of a story about a bunch of strangers. But I liked the concept of this naive 20 something guy who still believes that life is all peach and roses... Although sometimes they went overboard with his naivity and made him look like an actual idiot. Highlight for spoilers -> Like when he caught his brother in law naked with Tatiana? God, that chick was a slut. 

There was one line that stuck with me, actually two.

1. I like to think that if you put your trust out there, I mean if you really give people the benefit of a doubt and see their best intentions, people will rise to the occasion. - Ned
2. Nobody loves like Ned loves - unconditionally. - One of Ned's sisters

The first quote could have been phrased better but hey. Ned's supposed to be an idiot who's actually not an idiot because he just has a childlike quality. It's quite a paradox, and I really don't want to go into details because it's obviously just a light hearted film attempting to break into the "heartwarming comedy" genre. It did bring tears to my eyes tho, but I'm really emotional. I'd cry at every given chance hahaha... But yea, I wouldn't have watched the movie in gold class, man, it's something I would watch on my laptop while just chillin cos it really wasn't that funny.

But I'm not complaining! I really appreciate being able to have a taste of gold class! It's just that if it were up to me, I'd choose a movie with a little extra like say... Hunger Games? xD

Monday, March 12, 2012

just another day

Flinders Station
Went to the city yesterday. My cousin had to take pictures for her uni assignment so Adam and I tagged along. Check out the crowd above! It was so packed we missed the first train haha.


I tried macaroons for the first time! OMGWTFWHYHAVEN'TITRIEDITBEFORE?! I've always wanted to try it but it's so expensive for something so small (AUD2.50 = MYR8 for ONE) so Vess got me a cherry blossom/sake flavored macaroon cos I was gushing about how pretty they are. She caught my experience on camera and lol I look so idiotic. I had a mini nuclear explosion in my brain (read: mindblown); I think you can see it in my deranged eyes.


Mom told me it's really sweet and that I wouldn't like it. She was right and wrong. It really isn't that sweet and I don't like it. I love it! I want macaroon birthday cakes for the rest of my life!!!

Moving on...


We went to Mag Nation (I have never seen so many magazines in my life!), Minotaur (a geek heaven), State Library (I bummed outside cos there were birds all over the place ahaha), Asian Beer Cafe and yadda yadda. I found another asian cosmetics shop! They have My Beauty Diary masks and loads of other cool asian stuff. Heh. But I would probably never buy from them cos I know I can get them 70% cheaper... Or more!


Told you there be birds! They don't spook easily. I always have this urge to pull a Timon and Pumbaa everytime I see a flock of birds... But it's kinda pointless, cos the birds are like the birds in The Lion King. They'll fly like a foot off the ground and just kinda drift back towards the exact same spot.



We saw three brides at this alley with lotsa graffiti taking wedding photos. THREE WEDDING SHOOTS, THREE DIFFERENT BRIDES. What were the odds?! I have photos but it's in my phone so being the lazy bum I am... Here's a picture of two guys playing oversized chess. :)


To wrap up our day, we went to Moomba Festival! It was so happening! I guess that's why the trains were so full... Everyone was going there!


I really like street photography, but I feel that it's invading on someone else's privacy. You wouldn't want to have a picture of you floating around the internet somewhere, would you? But I love looking at candid pictures and I love taking candid shots of people because it's much more genuine. I feel like I should ask permission but then that would kill the whole purpose of it and the moment would be lost. I think that taking pictures of street performers is perfectly fine, but what about people who are just going about their daily lives? Maybe after I take a photo I could show it to them and ask them what they think? Anyone has any thoughts about this issue?

I took some pictures of kids too but they were epic fails. I kept making pedo jokes which I know are entirely inappropriate but I couldn't help myself. I might just get punched in the face one day while saying something like, "It's time to get my pedo on!" and brandishing my camera. Although I doubt actual pedos would say that aloud. They'd probably just smirk silently to themselves or do some other creepy shit.



Adam was so happy when he saw that the rides were AUD15 and above. I was not. WHY IS EVERYTHING SO FRIGGIN' EXPENSIVE?! I wanted to go on ALL the rides.


Ok, obviously not THIS ride cos this ride is for sissies. I joke. I don't see the point in paying money to bore yourself to death.


THIS was what I wanted to go on. Both of them. Looks exhilarating. But this has nothing on the ride at Clark Quay, Singapore. The bungee thing is definitely something I would never have the balls to try.



THIS IS FOR LIZARD. WHERE ARE YOU? HAHAHA. This picture is for you.


Looks like a real croc, doesn't it? I was freaking out when I saw it in my viewfinder cos ever since making this video, I developed a healthy phobia of them.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Kony 2012, do you honestly care?

People are easily manipulated with words and videos. I haven't seen the Kony video because I would be as easily influenced.

You were me before you watched the video. You were ignorant, and blissfully so! You didn't care about what went on in the world as long as it didn't affect you personally. You knew about poverty, orphans, trafficking, but you chose to close your eyes to it until this video came along. When you saw the video, you felt empowered that you could do something about it, so you shared it and tweeted it. But remember, before watching it, you didn't know and you didn't care.

What changed?

Source: 9gag
Each picture triggers a different emotion, tells a different story. How do you know that Invisible Children aren't just showing you the footages to manipulate you? Obviously, they are trying to get their message across by any means necessary. I'm not saying that Invisible Children are doing the wrong thing, they are a controversial group by far. But I choose to believe that they are an organization that are trying to do the right thing, it's just that there's a point where you have to start fighting fire with fire. Army against army. I'm not saying that Kony is not a villain, I'm just saying that prior to the video, you didn't care.

Originally, I tweeted about this issue:





Then, I realized that 140 characters in a tweet wasn't enough to get the message across. I needed to blog about it to get it out of my system. I'm not justifying my indifference, I'm trying to tell you that suffering is inevitable. We cannot escape it. How do you know that what you use in your daily life isn't a byproduct of it? If you really want to make a difference, you wouldn't merely spread awareness. You would do something about it. Sharing the issue and hoping that someone will take care of it isn't going to make it go away.

People think that just because their hands are clean, that they did not participate, it makes them innocent. But you know what? None of us are. I condemn people who eat shark fin soup and turtle eggs because turtles are going extinct and sharks are thrown back into the ocean to die a slow, agonizing death after their fins are sliced off. But I have - ignorantly - bought a pretty bag (and countless shoes) which I later found out to be made from real leather. I don't care about where my bacon comes from and whether it has lived a good life. I don't care where my clothes come from, they might as well be from a factory that exploits children and women but so what? Who cares? Do you? Not me.

If you boycott KFC but you don't make sure the eggs you buy are from free range chicken, doesn't it make you a hypocrite? If you criticize people on buying fur but you do not care to think whether the pork or beef you eat is abuse-free, doesn't it make you a hypocrite? If you complain about pollution but continue to pollute the world by driving a car and using air-conditioning, doesn't it make you a hypocrite?

What Kony does is merely a gross, exaggerated example of what we do.

If you want to do your part, there is so much more you can do. You can save strays, adopt from the shelter, give food & clothes to the poor, make informed decisions by being aware, the list goes on and on and on. I don't know all there is to know, I don't know all the ways to help. But these little things count too, it's not just the big things that matter.

Remember how your mother told you that you will lose your soul by watching too much television? She was right. Media is brainwashing us. Shit happens everyday, and you don't care, why do you care about Kony?

Wake up. 

Book: Robopocalypse & World War Z

I love post-apocalypse/survival/apocalyptic books like the above and Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) and Uglies Trilogy (Scott Westerfeld) and The Host (Stephanie Meyer). So if anyone has any recommendations, leave a comment! :)

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson


Source: Google Images
"They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you."

In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.

When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.
It's kinda like I, Robot meets Skynet (Terminator). It takes you from the beginning of the uprising of Archos till the very end. It was rather believable because the protagonist claims to have taken the hero archives from the robots and wrote his story from it with his own experiences. The hero archives are supposedly footage of surveillance cameras the robots collected because they recognized the heroes of humankind.

You will be taken from setting to setting, story to story. You will be able to relate through your imagination what it would be like because these are regular people, fighting for their survival.

I hope Daniel writes more sequels/prequels/side stories of Robopocalypse! I especially liked Matilda Perez & Takeo Nomura, there just wasn't enough about them as I would've liked!

*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*
The story of Takeo Nomura deeply touches me because of his love for his robotic wife. If we lived in that world, his obsession would have been seen as perverted and disgusting but reading about it makes me disgusted at the ones who discriminated against him. This proves time and time again that humans are judgmental, unable to accept difference and only when we fully understand will we start to open our hearts.
*END OF SPOILERS*

World War Z by Max Brooks

Source: Google Images
We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z is the only record of the plague years.

It took me a while to get used to the writing and even then, it was hard to stay focused. Below is an excerpt from the book under "Parnell Air National Guard Base, Tennessee" which is my favourite part in the book.

"... so the fuck what if Mets is short for Metis, the mother of Athena, the Greek goddess with the stormy gray eyes. Oh, the shrinks had a ball with that one, especially when they 'discovered' that my mother grew up in the Bronx."

This is one of the many references I didn't get. The concepts in the book were really new to me and I would probably need to read it another time to fully comprehend the gist of it. I rushed through the book and this is the only book I've read whereby I was relieved it finally ended. It was emotionally draining to read about the desperation, the hopelessness by each individual's experience of the war. It felt so real that although I knew it was only a book, and that it was a history of a war which has already passed, I was spooked by every sound and jumpy for a while.

It shows you a different side to humans, we are absolutely selfish and in the face of death, we'll kill before we give up our lives. Especially in the world of power and politics. Kill some, save many. It is a great example of why we should fear governments.

Comparison

Robopocalypse was significantly easier to read than World War Z because World War Z was written in an interview format with personal insights into the war, political views and many foreign military terminology. Robopocalypse was written in an ongoing fashion which follows a select few the robots had their eyes on.

Robopocalypse had a more hopeful undertone to it than World War Z (which is probably why I prefer it over the latter). The differences between an apocalypse brought on by zombies or A.I is that zombies would turn you against your own kind, but robots would unite humankind. The reason is pretty simple: Zombies infect other humans. I'm pretty sure if aliens invaded our bodies, we'd turn against each other too (The Host by Stephanie Meyer).

Conclusion

They are very different books (duhh, their only similarity is being apocalyptic) but if you're looking for a suspenseful, action-packed book with continuity pick Robopocalypse. If you're more interested in a different style, you could try World War Z. I have never read another book quite like World War Z and to be honest, I didn't really enjoy it. It was like reading a hundred blogs which personal flair to each one and personal concepts and shit. But truth be told, World War Z packs more of a punch.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

messy lil head

I don't think my brain fully comprehends what is required of it yet. I've spent too much time killing brain cells with alcohol. My dad once told me that the brain is like clockwork, if you don't use it for long periods of time, it rusts and jams. I was young at that time so he managed to scare me into thinking that I would one day become stupid if I kept it on standby for too long. But as I grew older, I dismissed it as another story a parent tells a child.

The day has finally come.

Once a foolish farmer gets used to life in a palace, he would forget himself and grow fat and useless. Now that the farmer has been thrown back onto his farm and he must once again learn to work for himself. I am the fat farmer and I have been idle and wasting away for too long.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

GODDAMN

I'm doing it again. I start writing a post and get distracted by another idea and start writing a new post without ever completing either.

It's call a chao kuan. Nothing holds my attention long enough. But I honestly think that this problem is faced by many. We're living in a fastpaced world. I'll salute whoever can just sit still and do nothing.

We're constantly on the move, constantly updating ourselves, afraid of being left behind, of being immobile.

Take a deep breath, and chill the fuck down.

Have you ever watched kids
on a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain
slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last

Do you run through each day on the fly
When you ask "How are you?" do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,
do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
running through your head?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last

Ever told your child "We'll do it tomorrow",
And in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
'Cause you never had time
to call and say "Hi"?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift thrown away...

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

- Slowdance by David L. Weatherford

Nuffnang Giveaway: Our Idiot Brother


"Everybody has one."

This is a movie about a stoner named Ned (Paul Rudd) who, as you can see from the trailer is either positively stupid or has an extremely fresh & different perspective on life. LOL. He manages to get himself sent to jail after an incident involving marijuana and ends up living with his sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel!!!, Shirley Knight). And he has a dog, which his ex isn't willing to give up! Need I say more? It is a recipe for laughter and I'm sure it's going to be a heartwarming comedy! The movie will be released on DVD and Blue-Ray (March 15, 2012) so chillax if you aren't able to catch it on the big screen! 

Nuffnang AU & Roadshow Entertainment are giving away tickets to watch Our Idiot Brother at Jam Factory, Melb! It's awesome cos y'know, the exchange rate between MYR and AUD kills so we can't afford the luxury of going to the movies as often as we used to in Kuching. On the plus side, I might be able to meet other bloggers! :D 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

What is: Terminal Hair Length?

Credits to: http://puffling.deviantart.com
Everyone has a terminal hair length, meaning that your hair will not get any longer once it reaches a certain length.
I am writing this post only cos I finally understood what it means!!! :D

My hair isn't growing anymore! That means that my terminal length is at shoulder length!
It's quite rare for people to have terminal length shorter than waist length hair because the average terminal length is at 2-5 years and waist length hair usually takes about 2 years to grow. So chillax. First of all, your hair goes through its life in 3 stages. I'm going to call it Green, Amber and Red (like a traffic light so you should get it). Hair doesn't grow continuously, that's why there's Green and Amber. Green is the growing stage and Amber is the resting (but not dead like Red) stage.

In a real life situation, you may notice that your hair has stopped growing for a period of time but it could be due to damage. Hair that is too damaged will break off in little pieces (at the ends) so even though your hair is still growing (from the roots), you're unable to tell whether your hair is growing or not unless you've dyed your hair in which case you will be able to tell from the regrowth.

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How does hair know where to stop growing?
Your hair don't know where to stop growing. It doesn't grow till your hips and thinks to itself oh ok I'm going to stop growing here. Each strand of hair has a lifespan, so once they reach the end of their lifespan, they stop growing and drop off. Example: The lifespan of your hair is 3 years. Each strand of your hair started growing at a different time. They don't all share the same birthday, so some of them may already be 3 years old when others are 2 or 1. Once they reach 3 years old, they completely stop growing (regardless of how long they are) and will drop off. So it's more of a terminal age, not a terminal length. But since time = length, it makes sense.

Because we constantly cut or trim our hair, we may never realize the true potential of our hair. Think about this, if all of our hair grows at the same time, at the same speed, and their lifespan is 6 years old... If after 4 years, it reaches knee-length and we cut it off to a bob, it will only be able to grow until our waist before they die. Thank god our hair all grow at different times and at a different speed because if it didn't, we'd all be bald every once in a while.

Model: Ruslana Korshunova
If anyone has any questions or would like to discuss terminal hair length, feel free to leave a comment. :D